ABU DHABI: The Emirate of Abu Dhabi has seen a 71 per cent increase in works of art, collectors’ pieces and antiques trade commodity.

In a trade figures report released by the Statistics Centre — Abu Dhabi, SCAD, total trade of the commodity for the first nine months of 2019 reached approximately Dh6.60 billion, compared to Dh3.86 billion for the same period in 2018.

The main shift was as a result of a 24 per cent year-to-date increase in imports in 2019 (Dh5.05 billion) compared to the same period in 2018 (Dh2.54 billion), the SCAD figures revealed.